01 August 2008

Through The Eyes of an EMT Rookie...



Yawn….it's 6:05 a.m.  Today I have slept in…yes, you read that correctly, 6:05 IS sleeping in for me these days.  5:30 is the usual time I rub my eyes, stare at the cell phone alarm…sneak out from my happy cocoon….make my way to the shower…and eventually gear up in my navy duds…pager and all. 


But today is my day off.  A day to recharge…a day that I could have slept in until 9 or 10 if I so desired.  But, alas, there is much on my mind…time to blog and get it out there. 


There are moments in your life that teach you lessons, moments that define who you are…moments that are burned in your memory forever.  For me, I can whole-heartedly say that the last 5 weeks have been a string of moments.  Moments that have opened my eyes to the world around me…moments that have inspired me…moments that have brought tears to my eyes…rage to my soul…and clarity to my mind.  In 5 weeks as an EMT I have learned more about myself and this precious world around me than I have learned in 32 years. 


They say that EMS is "the hardest job you'll ever love".  Whoever said this is an absolute speaker of the truth…and genius.  It is the utter truth…it is hard…it is rewarding…it is what I was meant to do.  I suppose sometimes you have to detour in life until something slaps you in the face…and says…"ok, you only get one shot at this life…you are only this age once…follow your heart…give it a shot…see what happens….take a chance….and learn from it.!"  I cannot even begin to tell you how much my life has changed.  How proud I am that I deviated from my path on the corporate ladder.  How amazed I am to see a life beyond an office.  How free I feel to be out and about on the streets of this beautiful city to happily serve.  How joyed I am to meet the people…see the sights…and embrace each day that has no set itinerary until that pager chirps. 


Things I have learned:

1)      Everyone has a story…listen.  You may be the last person they get a chance to tell it to.

2)      Life is short (I know…who hasn't heard that one before?). 

3)      Life is fragile….

4)      Life is uncertain….

5)      Life can be altered in a blink of an eye…

6)      Protect the ones you love…

7)      Be thankful for what you have….

8)      And…EAT FAST!!


Until next time kids…..cheers!